Toronto International Film Festival to Clash With Jewish High Holidays

7:40 AM PST 10/23/2012 by Etan Vlessing

TIFF organizers, in announcing the September 5 to 15, 2013 edition, said the scheduling conflict was unavoidable as its annual summer slot is set in stone.

TORONTO - The Toronto International Film Festival is warning of yet another calendar conflict with the Jewish High Holidays in September 2013.

“As always, we launch on the Thursday after Labor Day. This year that means our dates unfortunately overlap with both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a statement as he announced the next festival will run from September 5 to 15 next year.

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Blame a crowded summer film festival schedule that has Toronto up against Venice and San Sebastian, and the regulating International Federation of Film Producers Associations.

“It’s not possible to shift the dates,” Bailey added, mindful TIFF donors, film buyers, sellers and producers may need to choose between ringing in the Jewish New Year or doing business in Toronto.

This isn’t the first year TIFF organizers have had to alert the Canadian Jewish community about the scheduling conflict, with the 2010 edition also running into the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur holidays.

Toronto will this year be laying on repeat screenings for observant Jews that miss earlier dates.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the festival,” Bailey insisted.

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